U.S. Open Cup rule change bars MLS II sides from competition

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

U.S. Soccer announced a formal rule change that bars majority owned MLS II sides from competing in the U.S. Open Cup.

As per the new Federation edict, the new policy now states that “any Outdoor Professional League Team that is majority owned by a higher-level Outdoor Professional League Team or any team that is (1) majority owned by an Outdoor Professional League Team, (2) registered with any Open Division League, and (3) registered as a professional team, will not be able to take part in the Open Cup.”

This, however, will not apply to affiliations, such as the Cosmos-B team in NPSL.

Here is the complete list of ineligible sides for the 2016 tournament:

Parent Team (League)

Ineligible Affiliated Team (League)
LA Galaxy (MLS) LA Galaxy II (USL)
New York Red Bulls (MLS) New York Red Bulls II (USL)
Orlando City SC (MLS) Orlando City B (USL)
Philadelphia Union (MLS) Bethlehem Steel FC (USL)
Portland Timbers (MLS) Portland Timbers 2 (USL)
Real Salt Lake (MLS) Real Monarchs SLC (USL)
Seattle Sounders (MLS) Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) Swope Park Rangers KC (USL)

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